Newsbrief: Schwarzenegger Vetoes Medical Marijuana Bill 7/23/04

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California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this week terminated a bill passed by both houses of the legislature that would have removed quantity limits on medical marijuana patients in the state. Sponsored by retiring Sen. John Vasconcellos (D), SB 1494 would have allowed patients to possess any quantity of marijuana deemed necessary to meet their medical needs. Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill on Monday.

SB 1494 was the latest effort to fix continuing problems with the state's medical marijuana law, passed by voters in 1996. Currently, local governments set quantity limits, with the result that patients face widely varying quantity rules depending on where in California they live.

The bill was supported by the California Medical Association and the California Nurses Association. Social conservative groups, such as the Traditional Values Coalition and one we haven't heard of before called the Capital Resources Group opposed it, arguing that "the bill is the latest attempt to legalize dangerous and destructive illegal narcotics."

Gov. Schwarzenegger has previously spoken out in favor of medical marijuana, but he said he vetoed this measure because it would make marijuana law enforcement more difficult. "Reasonable and established quantity guidelines allow medicinal marijuana patients to seek relief from symptoms free from legal questions and permit law enforcement to carry out the law," Schwarzenegger wrote in a note to the State Senate explaining his veto. "Enactment of this bill would create uncertainty in this area of the law, thereby making it more difficult for law enforcement to determine when a person was in possession of marijuana for medicinal purposes."

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